Pennsylvania budget battle getting down and dirty

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is no closer to a budget after the state House spent several hours debating and rejecting a series of Republican proposals to restore spending vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this summer.

House members defeated all 14 proposals launched under an apparently unprecedented line-item override on portions of the budget bill. Wolf had vetoed the entire bill but didn’t exercise his line-item veto power.

Democrats argued the procedure violated the state constitution, but majority Republicans claimed there was legal authority to restore spending by individual lines.

Republicans unsuccessfully called votes on spending to help crime victims, buy books and equipment for schools, feed the hungry and fund other programs that have general support.

The budget bill passed in late June without a single Democratic vote.

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